Illegal mining has not only pushed up the costs but also detrimentally impacted the environment as the mining thus done doesn’t follow any environmental safeguards. It is therefore time for the government to act and ensure the illegal mining is stopped forthwith.
Congress’ politics in J&K is a reflection of its ambiguous cowardly politics at the national level. It isn’t certain about any of its ideological tenet, while as the BJP is.
Given the powers the DDCs have been vested with, they have become the kind of mini-assemblies and the PAGD wants to control them to enhance its political clout. So does the BJP. Hence the bitter war of words.
With the winter setting in and the cases of infections expected to go up in the cold. The winter also witnesses the outbreak of flu which will be a source of panic for the people.
Going forward, the situation is hardly going to change. This intermittent killing of soldiers, civilians and also displacement of the civilian population has become an addictive bloody ritual. This gives a cathartic vent to a long entrenched pathological animosity, which is now pursued for its own sake.
Bihar has once again highlighted, only a broad secular front against Modi could confront him with a credible challenge. Nothing short of that can.
Given the powers the DDCs have been given, they have become the kind of mini-assemblies and the PAGD wants to control them to enhance its political clout. After over a year-long hiatus, the political activity is about to pick up again in J&K. The coming weeks and months are going to get interesting.
Biden admin could be beneficial to India on many counts. For example, unlike with Trump, a trade agreement with the US may be easier to work out. Also on immigration and HIB visas the path could be smoother. Tech companies both in the US and India will get much-needed relief if the visa issue is cleared.
Taking over of Biden as next US president is just not an election win. It marks a momentous shift back to a liberal order in the US and hopefully later in the rest of the world. Under Trump, the US had lurched towards far-right.
LG Sinha’s assurance that his administration will facilitate the political activity in the union territory is welcome. This is important for Kashmir to have a semblance of normalcy. And Sinha being himself a politician would know the importance of a normal political activity to a society.